Crispy Pork Larb!

Crispy Pork Larb

Crispy Pork Larb

This is one of those dinners that is both healthy and delicious.  Trust me when I tell you when you take one bite of this you will be forever grateful that I started this blog–yes it’s that good!  For those of you who do not know, larb is a thai street food.  It’s so good that it’ll make you question how we do street food in America.  It’s bright, fresh, and full of the umami flavors that will make you go Mmmmmm… If you don’t fancy pork, no problem, you can try this with ground chicken, turkey, or even lamb and beef.  Check out my recipe for Chicken larb here.  This is one of my favorite ways to use ground meat, it’s so simple that this meal almost makes itself!

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes



1 pound of ground pork

3 large cloves of garlic thinly sliced

1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper

1/2 of a red onion, sliced thinly

1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves

1 head of romaine lettuce, leaves removed to use as cups

1/2 cup of sliced persian cucumbers

1/3 cup of fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon of a good quality fish sauce, I used red boat

2  tablespoons of soy sauce

1/4 cup of water

Sea salt to taste

2 tablespoons of cooking oil of your choice

red pepper flakes to taste

Directions: Heat oil, garlic and red bell pepper and cook until garlic is fragrant–about 15 seconds.


Add in ground meat season with sea salt and cook until brown about 5-7 minutes.


Once brown, add in soy sauce, fish sauce, water and red pepper flakes if using.


Cook until liquid evaporates and pork is brown and crispy about 2 minutes. Add in lime juice, toss well, remove from heat.  Add the meat to the lettuce cups, top with a generous amount of the fresh herbs, cucumbers, red onion, red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of additional lime juice, enjoy! So good!




Ground chicken Larb–the ultimate lettuce cups

One of my favorite Thai meals, besides Crab fried rice, is Larb! It’s light, refreshing, and so flavorful. It literally makes my taste buds do a happy dance with every bite. This recipe is a great way to use any ground meat that you have, but it works especially well, with chicken and pork. If you have never tried Larb before, then your taste buds are in for a real treat!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

Servings 8-10 lettuce cups

1lb of ground chicken
1/2 cup of green onion chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped
1/2-3/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup of chopped red onions
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
Sea salt to taste
1 cup of shredded cabbage
1/2-1 teaspoon of chili pepper flakes or more if you like
1 head of romaine lettuce, or butter lettuce, leaves removed and cleaned to use as cups

Larb Dressing:
4 Tablespoons of fish sauce( available at any store in the ethnic food isle)
1/3 cup of fresh lime juice
2 cloves of garlic chopped

In a small bowl add the ingredients for the dressing, mix well and set aside.
Season and brown the ground chicken with the red onions and garlic. Once the meat is browned pour out any excess liquid, then add in the green onions, half of the mint, chili pepper flakes, and the dressing. Cook for 1-2 minutes then turn off the heat.

Spoon the meat mixture into the lettuce cups, top with remaining fresh mint, shredded cabbage, cilantro leaves and enjoy!